Delighting in the details

After the crazy count-down to the Garden Safari last weekend it was lovely to ease off the pressure this past week and enjoy the garden. It was too hot by mid-week to do anything remotely energetic anyway. I restricted myself to a little weeding and deadheading and generally wandering about looking – properly looking – at the beautiful colours and forms.

Diascia planted around the base of a little olive tree with Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion'. The diascia was an emergency purchase from the bargain shelf at B&Q. It was very sad and past it's best. Fed, watered, trimmed and planted and a it's now looking lovely.
Diascia planted around the base of a little olive tree in a large container with the annual grass  Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’. The diascia was an emergency purchase from the bargain shelf at B&Q. It was very sad and tatty but we fed, watered, trimmed and planted it out and it’s now looking lovely.
Allium cristophii
Allium cristophii has taken over from Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ as the star plant.
Our sweetpeas (bought as plug plants and planted in early May) are just starting to flower.
Our sweetpeas (bought as plug plants and planted out in mid-May) are just starting to flower. It’s probably my favourite scent in the garden. Delicious.
Thyme flowers.
Thyme flowers.
Sunlight through hardy geranium leaves.
Sunlight through hardy geranium leaves.

 

Panicum elegans 'Frosted Explosion'. We've grown this from seed and had over 50 plants from a packet so we've dotted it about everywhere!
More Panicum elegans ‘Frosted Explosion’. We grew this from seed and had well over 50 plants from a packet so we’ve dotted it about everywhere!
Each time I go to the beach, I come home with a pebble or two in my pocket. There's something about a warm, smooth stone in your hand.
Each time I go to the beach, I come home with a pebble or two in my pocket. There’s something about a warm, smooth stone in your hand.
The love-in-the-mist (Nigella) is setting seed. I like the seedpods as much as the flowers.
The love-in-the-mist (Nigella) is setting seed. I think the seedpods are as beautiful as the flowers.

 

In other news… Both boys went off to Hampshire on Saturday for a week at a CCF (Combined Cadet Force) summer camp. They’re kayaking, climbing, marching, throwing themselves around assault courses and taking part in an overnight exercise which they assure me is all great fun. It’s organised through their school, so it’s a week away all fully approved and they won’t be missing much. I am missing them very much though.

My daughter, who is not used to being the only child and doesn’t particularly like it, has her ‘moving-up’ day on Thursday. She’ll spend the day at secondary school and generally experience a taste of how it’s going to be. Her brothers won’t be there, of course, but that’s probably a good thing.

I am feeling the passing of time acutely at the moment and I’m trying to remember to take stock and enjoy as much of it as possible. Have a good week and I hope you get time to savour your moments too.

 

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9 thoughts on “Delighting in the details

  1. Hi Sam, your flowers are really looking beautiful. I just love that shot of the allium, the shapes in it are so striking. I hope your boys enjoy their camp and that your daughter has a good moving up day and visit to the secondary school. I know you’ll find a way to slow down and savor this time.

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  2. Have you been to Sixt near Avignon? The container planting there is inspired and I always come away with some new ideas. This year they have used grasses under taller plants and the effect is very charming because the grasses swirl around in the breeze.

    Don’t worry about the washing after the CCF camp. In my experience they only use the top inch of clothes in the rucksack and the rest is pristine. The child, however, is not but you can always use hosepipe.

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    1. I’ve not been to Sixt but the planting sounds lovely. I’m a big fan of grasses. The boys didn’t take many clothes with them – I was alarmed at the lack of clean t-shirts and undies but they insisted there was no point! I am enjoying a relatively clean, tidy house this week before their return.

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  3. Your flowers are all so pretty! I’m impressed with how many different kinds you have. I think I would have a hard time remembering all of their names. 🙂

    It’s a bittersweet thing watching the days and years fly by so quickly when you are raising your children. You are very wise to take stock and enjoy every moment of it.

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    1. Thanks Kirstie. I had a great lecturer on my horticulture course who taught us many plant names – each week we had to learn 20 new plants – and I luckily some of it stuck.

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  4. I liked reading this post Sam, we all need to be reminded to slow down and enjoy the now. I was down in Kent yesterday helping my daughter move into her second year student house. She has a lovely little garden and we walked round it yesterday with K. naming all the plants which cheered me up no end.

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